Perhaps it is because I love to read.
Perhaps it's because I have always felt
without stories to read
to connect the past
that has made me this way:
I am a journal keeper.
I have always kept a journal.
Ever since I can remember...
back to my twelfth birthday
when my cousin, Coleen
gave me a diary with a lock and a sacred key.
I was a shy young girl
and kept my thoughts to myself.
Having a place to keep them safe,
was truly the best gift my cousin could've
given to me.
My journals look odd together,
some are all fancy-looking
with my name embossed in gold lettering,
others just a three-ring binder,
while others are a simple spiral notebook.
It has never mattered to me
what they looked like,
I just needed those
I have always
kept a journal.
I recently won a giveaway from Cocoa--
a handmade leather journal from England.
I love it!
After alot of thoughts on how to use it,
I decided to fill it with
notes to my family and friends.
I even keep journals for my yahoos...
baby books just didn't provide the space
I needed to share my thoughts
about a growing child
and my enthusiasm and love for their milestones.
I needed more pages and less
Nana gave me a gift recently.
A lovely brown leather journal
with a gold nameplate too.
I'll fill in an average sized journal
in about a year and half.
My last one completed,
I nearly ached for a new one
and my sweet Nana supplied my
I had the idea to ask my family
to write their testimonies
in my journal
before I began my own entries.
I asked Nana to start
since she is my benefactor of sorts.
She had it for a few weeks,
and just this morning handed it to me.
When I was alone,
I cracked it open
for the first time to read
what she wrote:
"Fear not little children, for you are mine, and I have overcome the world, and you are of them that my Father hath given me; and none of them that my Father hath given me shall be lost." ~Doctrine and Covenants50:41,42
I feel like this scripture not only applies to our relationship with the Savior, but our relationship with you Mom.
Heavenly Father gave all of us to you knowing full well that you would lead and guide us in the right direction, and that under your care none of us would be lost."
I read it once.
A full heart followed
by full tear-ducts...
Oh that I live up to her words.
Have you heard of LDSJournal.com ?
It's a FREE, Private, Online Journal site
that you can sign up for FREE!
"Now you have the easiest, most efficient way
to keep a personal journal!"
And they have an awesome section called
"All About Me"--
full of great questions for you!
And get this--
they'll even print it into a book for you
at budget-friendly prices!
You don't have to be LDS
Journal keeping is alot like blogging, right?
But you can make it more personal,
and make it to last forever.
I have a friend who kept her journal
on her PC--
and when it crashed,
there went several years of journaling.
This is a safer way to journal,
because you aren't saving the information
on your PC!
So pop over, take a look around
and see if it's for you!
Do you keep a journal?
Do you have journals from ancestors that move you?
I'd love to hear about them.